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Farm tragedy teen Abbie Nummy always had a smile on her face, funeral service told

BY GILLIAN HALLIDAY

A teenager who died after an accident on a farm was a "happy-go-lucky girl" who "brightened everyone's day", mourners at her funeral have heard.

Abbie Nummy (14) passed away on Saturday afternoon after the tragedy in Bernish, near Newry.

Emergency services tried to save her life at the scene but were unsuccessful.

Captain Gary Roberts, who led the funeral service at St Mary's Parish Church in Newry yesterday, told mourners that Abbie was someone who had achieved a great deal in her short life.

The mourners were led by Abbie's grieving parents, Andrew and Lorna, siblings Jamie and Darcie and the wider family.

Mr Roberts said: "Abbie lived her life to the full.

"She was filled with enthusiasm, topped up with boundless energy... cram-packed with her own special sense of humour.

"Her life lovingly overflowed into her relationships with family at home and friends at school and wherever Abbie happened to be." Mr Roberts told mourners that the loss of Abbie had left her loved ones' hearts "filled with sadness".

"We have lost someone so close to us and who meant and still means so much to us," he added.

He urged Abbie's family and friends to find strength in God as they attempted to come to terms with their loss.

"I'm sure that's what Abbie would want," Mr Roberts said.

"I'm sure that she would want us to remember her with joy and remember all the good times together.

"She would, I think, like us to live our lives to the full too, just as she did."

Reading out a tribute on behalf of the Nummy family, Mr Roberts said Abbie was a "happy-go-lucky girl who always had a big smile on her face".

"No matter what you asked her to do, it didn't matter whether the task was clean or dirty, she just did it," he added.

The funeral heard that Abbie was passionate about farming and loved being outdoors with her family and her uncle Derek.

She particularly enjoyed tasks such as baling. "For Abbie, the muckier the job, the better it was. She didn't care about the messy side of farming," Mr Roberts said.

Poignant tributes from staff at Newry High School, where the teenager was a Year 10 pupil, were also read out during the service.

Abbie's classmates described her as someone who "brought the best out in everyone".

"There wasn't a moment she wasn't smiling or laughing. She brightened everyone's day," they added in a tribute.

"She was always kind to everyone and everyone took her as their own.

"We love her and we always will."

Mourners were told Abbie was the "epitome of the exemplary pupil", a hard-working student who was "diligent but not too serious" and was "fun-loving, jolly and compassionate".

The 14-year-old, who had previously attended Mullaglass Primary, was also praised for her extra-curricular school activities, particularly her interest in sports.

After the service, she was laid to rest in Presbyterian Cemetery in Newry.

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